Experience: Working on 'The Threepenny Opera'

Experience: Working on 'The Threepenny Opera'

Second Assistant Director on 'The Threepenny Opera' and third year University of Bolton student Cara talks about the production and how her work placement ties into the Theatre BA course.

What has been your favourite thing about working on The Threepenny Opera?
I have really enjoyed researching into the history and development of the play, as well as developing my understanding of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill.  Also, working closely with the actors to help them with line learning as well as with the development of the script.   

I have had the unique opportunity to work with musicians and learn about the collaboration and communication between the director, the music director and the movement director. 

I find live music captivating. It's really exciting listening and watching musicians working together bring to the music to life!

Professor of Theatre David Thacker and Cara chatting through 'Threepenny'

 "Being able to wake up every morning and be in the room with actor-musicians has been incredibly motivating"

Cara Novotny

How does your work on The Threepenny Opera tie into your university course?
Eventually I will be required to document my experience in a reflective report and present the work I have undertaken during rehearsals to contribute to the production. 

All of my work on Threepenny will be vital evidence for any post-graduate opportunities. 

It's not just for the course though, working on this production means that I'm accumulating experience which can prepare me for roles and opportunities outside of University. 

David Thacker and Sue Devaney having a chuckle!

How do you think the relationship with the Octagon has contributed to the Theatre course?
The rare partnership with the Octagon Theatre means students have had a unique privilege to observe the rehearsals of the main stage productions, as well as placement opportunities with the Theatre’s young companies. 

One of the benefits of having a regional producing theatre so involved in the progression of your course is that their mission and teaching inspires your development as a student and as an individual.  I am not just influenced by an educational institution, I am also enthused by an organisation that strives to support local talent and strengthen a community.

Time for work! Cara helps to direct the cast and write up rehearsal notes

As a student under the Octagon’s guidance, I strive to be the best I can be, and share opportunities to create and make theatre with equally passionate communities of people. 

Thank you to everyone at the Octagon for welcoming me to The Threepenny Opera team. Thank you for making me feel right at home! I consider myself very lucky to be able to share these experiences with the amazing company, and develop professional relationships with some of the kindest and talented people.